Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum
Welcome to the Alaska Aviation Museum, the only spot in the state that will tell you all about how interesting, innovative, and in-depth Alaska’s flight history is. This museum was created in 1988 with the mission to ‘preserve, display, and honor Alaska’s aviation heritage, by presenting and displaying historical aircraft, artifacts, and memorabilia to foster public interest in aviation and its history’. Here you and your group will see over 30 different historic aircraft, as well as the Lake Hood Seaplane Base itself, the busiest seaplane base in the world. This spot sees over 87,000 takeoffs and landings each year, plus it is only ½ mile away from the Ted Stevens International Airport, making it the ‘air crossroads of the world’.
It takes an average of two hours to see this whole museum, with several historic aircraft inside (sometimes even being currently restored for guests to view), various exhibits, films, and even a really fun and educational flight simulator. You will learn everything there is to know about not only the history of aviation but the history of Alaskan bush pilots and their journey into the ‘Last Frontier’ as well. You will see displays with photographs and personal collections, the latter of the two from the pioneer aviators themselves. Be sure to visit the Hall of Fame or go catch a glimpse of the 1928 Stearman, the 1934 Waco, 1966 Helio Courier, or the 1963 classic Helicopter. The entire collection within this building and its grounds is considered to be one of the finest displays of Alaskan Aviation history there is, and we have no doubt that you will agree after a visit here!